The And Its Effects On Health And Learning

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Recently a new term has come into light-grit. Being gritty means a person has perseverance, and is capable of sticking through something even when it gets difficult. Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor has carried out studies that have exhibited that people who are gritter are more likely to have more success than people who are not as gritty (“Duckworth Lab”). Grit is not something that can be taught in any upper-level classes. Grit may be teachable in primary grades, because younger children tend to absorb more information. Even if grit is teachable in primary grades, it is still more classifiable under a personality characteristic rather than a teachable characteristic. If anyone were to attempt to teach grit to college level students, the process would more than likely fail. College students should be able to differentiate between right at wrong at their age. They should know what a goal is and how to achieve that goal. Kristi Garrett, a staff writer for California schools, in the article “Childhood Trauma and Its Affects on Health and Learning,” makes the connection between trauma and life very clear. Garrett explains, “Children who suffer physical and emotional abuse are often scarred for life--a fact of which most educators are only too well aware.” In simpler terms, Garrett means that the children who were affected earlier on in their life are still being affected. The problem did not just disappear. This consequence is similar to learning, as when done earlier in the child’s life it can have a lasting impact. In addition, memory also has an important role in young children’s education. Ruth Palombo Weiss, the editor of “Learning Executive Briefing,” wrote an article, “Memory and Learning,” which she explains, “We ... ... middle of paper ... ... lives, and that knowledge is the source of power and success. The positive side of focusing more on agency rather than grit is that instead of teaching children to be hard-working or dedicated, they can teach the children that knowledge equals power. At a college level, the student has already established that they are dedicated, or else they would not have pushed themselves to get their acceptance letter. Nogeura wrote, in the same article,“Teach a kid to catch fish and you’ve taught him how to feed himself. But don’t stop there. Help her to understand why the river is polluted so that she and her friends can organize to get the river clean and make it possible for the entire community to eat too.” In other words, feed the younger generations with knowledge and exaggerate how important this knowledge is so they can impact the generations now and the ones to come.
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